KeyCue - find, remember, and learn keyboard shortcuts

Did you know that the average Mac OS X application has 40 to 80 menu shortcuts?

Menu shortcuts are supposed to provide quick access to frequently used menu commands. Honestly though, how many shortcut keys do you know by heart?

KeyCue cheat sheet

KeyCue helps you to use your Mac OS X applications more effectively by displaying a concise table of all currently available menu shortcuts.

You no longer need to memorize and remember key combinations; just press the command key and KeyCue tells you what you want to know.

Over time, you will automatically remember frequently used shortcuts and start working more efficiently.

KeyCue gives you an instant overview of the overall functionality of any application, plus lets you automatically start working more efficiently by making use of menu shortcuts.

Words cannot describe the huge benefits KeyCue offers to you.

We therefore invite you to see a video review of KeyCue from MacApper.

tutorial movie

See a video tutorial of KeyCue at Butterscotch.

in KeyCue 8.2: Integration with PopChar X lets you display and insert special characters


Integration with PopChar X lets you insert special characters with KeyCue.

Typinator action

Starting with version 8.2, KeyCue integrates with PopChar X, our award-winning tool for finding and inserting special characters (requires PopChar X 7.5 or newer).

This allows you to quickly show recently used and favorite characters from PopChar in KeyCue's head-up display and insert them with a click.

Clicking an item in the KeyCue display inserts the character in the current document without the need for knowing the keyboard combination.

Typinator integration

in KeyCue 8.1: Integration with Typinator lets you display and insert snippets


Integration of KeyCue and Typinator boosts your productivity to a new level.

Typinator action

Starting with version 8.1, KeyCue integrates with Typinator, our popular text expander (requires Typinator 6.9 or newer).

This allows you to quickly show Typinator snippets in a head-up display and insert them with a click.

Clicking an item in the table inserts the expansion in the current application as if you had typed the corresponding abbreviation. You can create multiple triggers for different Typinator sets.

Typinator integration

in KeyCue 8: Flexible Triggers and Actions


With version 8 the days are gone when KeyCue was nothing more than a menu shortcut viewer.

Starting with version 8, KeyCue offers a completely new and flexible way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.


KeyCue activation settings

You can define separate keyboard combinations for menu shortcuts, system-wide shortcuts, and macro shortcuts for QuicKeys, Keyboard Maestro, and iKey.

For each trigger, you can independently specify which content you want to see. You can, for example, create one large table with all available menu shortcuts, or separate triggers for individual tables.

in KeyCue 8: Quickly access frequently used URLs


Your favorite URLs are just a mouse click or keystroke away with KeyCue 8!

view frequently used URLs

In KeyCue 8 and newer, you can define your own favorite URL collection together with your preferred triggers, and you are ready to use KeyCue for quickly showing a table of your URLs and invoking them with a single click.

The mechanism has been designed in a flexible way to support further extensions in the future. So the URL collection is just the beginning of other actions that will be included in future versions of KeyCue. Stay tuned for more great enhancements that will boost the way you use your Mac.

Features, Installation, Requirements


For more information on how to use your keyboard shortcuts more efficiently,visit the Features page


To install KeyCue, download it from our downloads page. KeyCue is distributed as a Mac OS X disk image (DMG). Once you have mounted the disk image, simply double-click the KeyCue icon to install and launch KeyCue.

As long as you do not have a license key, KeyCue operates in trial mode.


See also the special topics covered on our Tips Pages:


  • KeyCue requires OS X 10.6 or newer.
  • Compatible with macOS Sierra (10.12).


The current version of KeyCue is available in English, German, and French.

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